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Course Description

  • TREEO FDEP OCP: 04251048: CEUs: 3.8 DS DW WW
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 30.0 CEH
  • FBPR CILB (Construction) #: 0000995; Course #0003509; Hours 18.5 (includes BSP)
  • Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Approval for The Water Tower location only: CE-12-W-WW-0823-TWT-013126-0006

Course coordinator: Marta Keilhauer mkeilhauer@treeo.ufl.edu 
Phone: (352) 392-9570 or )352) 294-3878

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This five day course provides guidelines for acceptable practices for testing and annual inspection of backflow prevention assemblies used in cross-connection control programs. At the end of the course, an individual evaluation is administered to those who choose to participate in the voluntary certification program sponsored by the UF TREEO Center.

* It is highly recommended that students do their best to complete their assigned homework during the allotted time of the course to ensure they are able to comprehend and understand the material.  Students are also expected to spend two hours each evening studying the material to prepare for the exams.

This course is for Tester Certification only. For Repair Certification, you must take the Repair Certification and Maintenance Course. Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers hold valid certification for two-years from the date of initial certification and/or recertification. We give a third year as a grace period. Once the three years have passed, you will need to take the Initial certification again.
 
Daily breaks are scheduled. You are on your own for lunch.
 
Course Objective
The Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester is needed by administrative authorities around the country to assure the backflow prevention assemblies installed continue to protect the drinking water. The Backflow Assembly Tester course is a rigorous five-day course that meets all American Backflow Prevention Association standards for certification in backflow assembly prevention testing. Time is spent in the classroom and the working wet lab.  Students receive hands-on and practical instruction on how to test backflow devices. Upon successful completion of a hands-on test in the lab and a written exam, students are awarded a certificate as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester. 

Please Note: You must be present for entire course to receive continuing education credit and a Certificate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
Certification and Accreditation
The UF-TREEO Center only issues Certificate of Attendance and Certificates of Completion.  UF TREEO is the ONLY Training Provider in the State of Florida that is Endorsed by Florida Section American Water Works Association(FSAWWA).  Upon completion , you will receive a separate Certificate from the Association aknowleging the endorsement.  
 
The TREEO Center does NOT issue backflow licenses.
 
Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers must check with their local water purveyor to find out what other requirements are necessary. Some water districts may require the backflow tester to also be a State licensed plumbing contractor, while other water suppliers may require the backflow tester to be a licensed plumber and certified repair technician. 

 Florida Statutes require any person installing or repairing a backflow prevention assembly for a customer be a state licensed plumbing contractor.

For lodging with discounted rates for Gainesville courses, please visit: https://treeo.ufl.edu/about-treeo/

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the basic hydraulics of a backflow condition and the differences between backflow due to backpressure and backsiphonage
  • Describe the different types of backflow prevention assemblies and what backflow conditions they protect against
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the reduced pressure principle backflow preventions assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the double check valve assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for  the pressure vacuum breaker assembly

Prerequisites

Who should attend?

Individuals working in water and wastewater professions including: irrigation specialists, landscaping, fire prevention, maintenance personnel, builders/developers, and plumbers.

Testimonials

"The course was informative about reasons for backflow.”

"It was hands on and the instructors were knowledgeable.”
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Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
May 03, 2024 to May 04, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
May 10, 2024 to May 11, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Apr 28, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 28, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 5/3-4 and 5/10-11

Wayne Automatic Sprinklers
4683 Laredo Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905
 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
May 06, 2024 to May 10, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 01, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
May 01, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
May 06, 2024 to May 10, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 01, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
May 01, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
May 20, 2024 to May 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 15, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
May 15, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jun 10, 2024 to Jun 14, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 05, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 05, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Jun 18, 2024 to Jun 21, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 13, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 13, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jun 24, 2024 to Jun 28, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 19, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 19, 2024
Section Notes

 

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jul 15, 2024 to Jul 19, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 10, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 10, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Jul 19, 2024 to Jul 20, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Jul 26, 2024 to Jul 27, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 14, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 14, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 7/19-20 & 7/26-27

Course location:

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241
Located in: Twin Lakes Park

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 05, 2024 to Aug 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 31, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 31, 2024
Section Notes

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO¬†Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 12, 2024 to Aug 16, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 12, 2024 to Aug 16, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Oct 07, 2024 to Oct 11, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 02, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 02, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Oct 14, 2024 to Oct 17, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 09, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 09, 2024
Section Notes

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 04, 2024 to Nov 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 04, 2024 to Nov 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 18, 2024 to Nov 22, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 13, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 13, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Dec 02, 2024 to Dec 06, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 27, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 27, 2024
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